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Electoral Commission of Zambia
Electoral Commission of Zambia
PRESS RELEASE
13th February, 2019

RESULTS FOR SESHEKE PARLIAMENTARY AND SEVEN (7) LOCAL GOVERNMENT BY ELECTIONS

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN That the following were the results arising from the Sesheke Parliamentary and Local Government By Elections in SEVEN (7) Council Wards which took place on Tuesday 12th February, 2019.

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Electoral Commission of Zambia
Electoral Commission of Zambia
13th February, 2019

PRESS RELEASE
(For Immediate Release)

COMMISSION CONDEMNS VIOLENCE

The Commission notes with regret the violence that occurred during the polls in Sesheke and Lundazi. The Commission is concerned that such violence makes it difficult for the electorate to freely exercise their right to vote. We, therefore, urge the Police to undertake necessary investigations and to bring to book all culprits.

The Commission’s mandate is to conduct free and fair elections and hence the reliance on law enforcement agencies such as the Police to maintain law and order during elections.

We, therefore, call upon the Zambia Police to ensure that they consistently uphold professionalism during the execution of their duties.

Additionally, the Commission strongly urges political party leaders to take responsibility and demonstrate leadership by condemning political violence. Violence has the potential to undermine the electoral process, if not addressed immediately.

The Commission hopes that in the wake of the country’s democratic dispensation, political parties can gain maturity by participating in elections without exhibiting acts of violence.

Margaret Chimanse
Public Relations Manager
For/The Commission

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Judge Chulu urged #youths to participate in the electoral process in order to realise the “link between democracy, development,elections and human rights,” adding that this would deter youth involvement in crime as well as provide for a constructive and orderly young people #ECZ

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An electoral system is a set of rules on how votes are converted into seats for political or civic authority. 
The purpose of an electoral system is to translate the will of the people to decide on who should be President, Members of Parliament, Mayors/Council Chairpersons and Councillors. 
The Electoral System in Zambia is twofold; majoritarian and simple majority or first past the post. 

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The Commission is an independent and autonomous Electoral Management Body (EMB) established in 1996. Since its establishment, the Commission has delivered five (5) General Elections (in 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 and 2016), two (2) Presidential Elections (in 2008 and 2015) and several National Assembly and Local Government by-elections. 

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Voter

Voters are persons eligible to vote in an election. The role of voters is to choose representatives by casting ballots in an election. Voters should be Zambian citizens, aged 18 and above, in possession of a green National Registration Card and a Voter’s Card. In order to vote, they must be registered in the polling station appearing on their Voters’ Card. They must also appear in the Register of Voters for that particular polling station.

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Candidates seek political power by participating in elections and campaigning for support from voters. Political parties and candidates are expected to adhere to all the electoral procedures and laws, including the Electoral Code of Conduct (ECC) which they should subscribe to through the Declaration of Compliance to the Electoral Code of Conduct. 

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The role of monitors and observers is to gather, examine and evaluate information relating to the electoral process. During an electoral activity, a monitor plays an active role by intervening and bringing to the attention of the Presiding Officer, Returning Officer or any senior electoral official matters of concern that may arise.  Observers play a passive role and are concerned with making an informed judgment on the credibility, legitimacy and transparency of the electoral process. An observer/monitor may inform the Commission in writing of any observed electoral malpractices.